Providing independent business systems advice to arts & entertainment companies

Sector - Arts & Entertainment




We have extensive experience working with organisations in the Arts often in association with the Arts Council or other funding bodies. Clients include:

  • theatre companies

  • venues and galleries

  • orchestras

  • concert organisers/promotors

  • artist management companies

  • opera & ballet companies

  • touring companies

  • and many other Arts organisations.

Arts and leisure organisations perform a wide variety of operational and administrative functions many of which can benefit directly from computerisation. These functions range from the obvious such as the box office to the more obscure, such as the theatre plans in a digital format. 

The typical problem facing senior management is how to allocate limited resources of money and time so as to achieve the biggest benefit. Very few UK arts organisations unfortunately, have enough money available to achieve all of their IT plans. Therefore rather than jumping feet first into computerisation it is essential to seek independent advice.

Typical areas where IT systems can provide significant benefit include:

  • ticketing including web sales

  • patron database

  • fund raising

  • marketing

  • event management/space booking

  • staff scheduling (front of house and technical staff)

  • personnel

  • time and expense recording

  • payroll

  • accounting

  • stock and point of sale facilities

  • fixed assets

  • planned maintenance

  • artist database

  • CAD

  • archiving


Educational charity - systems review.

Artist and project management company - IT strategy and infrastructure supplier selection.

Pop music tour promotor - Definition of user requirements and supplier selection.

New theatre for children - IT strategy and selection of infrastructure supplier

Art gallery - High spot review.

Major venue - IT strategy and selection of new box office system.

Leading training establishment for actors - High spot review.

Orchestra - Selection of infrastructure and database and implementation project management.

Contact Details:

Microguide Corporate Computer Consultants, 82 Shortlands Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 6HE

Tel: 020 8549 7152

Fax: 020 8549 8112

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